Friday, November 15, 2013

Shohin Barberry

If you're anything like me, during this time of year it's difficult to drive past a nursery with a "40% OFF SALE" sign flapping in the cold breeze of November.

I had a slow day yesterday which afforded me some time during lunch hour(s).

I stopped by a nursery looking for nothing in particular when this berberis darwinii jumped out at me. I've been on a shohin kick lately. I've more to post in the near future in fact. At $15 it didn't take more than a cursory look at the base to decide to take this guy home.

After cutting 85% of the tree off, carefully avoiding thorns, and breaking off another 5% (oops) this is what we're left with. I have a pot ready to go for spring time when the buds start swelling. There is a bare spot on the left. LOOK I TOLD YOU I BROKE A BRANCH!!! :) Truth is, these things are very brittle and even moreso this time of year. No worries. There are buds in perfect locations to fill the void this coming spring and summer.

My goal with this is to cut it back continuously during the late spring after it's motor is jump started.

This maybe took an hour of cutting and just a touch of wire.

Thank you for stopping in to look.

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Pardon the picture quality. Evidently I took these pictures with a potato.

Follow up post HERE

Maple Update

The last time this tree was posted was here.

Aside from some leaf burn, it's had a good season and threw new branches every which way to offer new options. This post will be a quick one. As the leaves were falling off, I defoliated to get better access to the branches. Made some selections and cut the unnecessary branching off. Wired and placed branches.

The nebari is beyond repair, especially because this is going to be planted at a new angle. Ground layering is the only option I see. This coming spring, the pot bound tree will be lifted and planted into an anderson flat at the desired new angle. The tree will be ring barked and dusted with rooting hormone as a new root pad is forced from the trunk. Though shorter, the tree will be more powerful and rooted for the experience. As my friend JudyB from bonsainut says, " go forward, sometimes one must go back..."


Ugly roots are ugly!

 New planting angle

And a 360:

Until next time!